Senior Research Program Coordinator

Maryland, United States
$38,536 – $52,989
14 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: [[$38,536 – $52,989 / commensurate with experience]]
Employee group: Limited 
Schedule: [[Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm / 37.5 hrs per wk]] 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001142-IH - Social and Behavioral Interventions 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General Summary/Purpose

The Sr. Research Program Coordinator position is available for start immediately. S/he will be responsible for coordinating a research project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), entitled “Emerging Microenterprise for Resource Generation and Health Empowerment” (EMERGE). This project is being conducted within the Social and Behavioral Interventions (SBI) Program at JHSPH.

The goal of the EMERGE Project is to pilot test an integrated microenterprise and text-messaging intervention to reduce HIV-related sexual risk behaviors in homeless and unemployed African-American young adults. The trial will use a longitudinal randomized controlled trial design and comprise of educational sessions, text messages, survey measurement, mentorship, and business start-up grants. This study is important because economic vulnerability contributes to HIV risk among U.S. racial minorities who are disproportionately infected. Despite high HIV prevalence among the low-income African-American young adults, there are few available HIV and economic-strengthening initiatives.

The Sr. Research Program Coordinator will work under the supervision of the EMERGE study principal investigator (PI) at Johns Hopkins University. S/he will fulfill the responsibility needed for day-to-day coordination of the project at 100% effort. The position includes study management and coordination (40%), data cleaning, analysis, and writing (40%), and administrative responsibilities (20%).

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

EMERGE Project

  • Support recruitment and conduct of 50 in-person and mobile-based surveys with African-American homeless and unemployed young adults
  • Coordinate clinical trial participant follow-up in partnership with two Baltimore-based homeless youth centers
  • Support implementation of a text-messaging campaign for enrolled trial participants
  • Support to organizing weekly educational sessions relating to HIV prevention and small business start-up
  • Conducting data entry, cleaning, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative survey data
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of IRB renewal forms
  • Conduct and/or oversee transcription services for audio-recorded interviews or discussions
  • Conduct research administrative tasks relating to participant payments, study financing, advisory board communications, and budget review
  • Liaise with institutional partners, co-investigators, community organizations, and key stakeholders to develop social and behavioral intervention guidelines based on trial results
  • Co-author peer-reviewed manuscripts in collaboration with study PI and team, including preparation of abstracts, slides, tables and/or figures to disseminate study findings

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, biostatistics, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, economics, communications, or related field
  • 3 years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the 

JHU Equivalency Formula

30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *

Preferred Qualifications

  • Able to work autonomously and meet required deadlines
  • Able to exercise independent judgment at a management level
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Highly motivated individual with ability to work on multiple and competing priorities
  • Able to travel to one or more scientific conferences in the U.S. or abroad, to study meetings with transparency stakeholders in Washington D.C., and to homeless youth organizations in Baltimore for study management. Travel costs will be reimbursed. Travel effort is expected to be 30%
  • Experience or training in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Knowledge of research methods related to clinical trials and systematic reviews
  • Experience developing or conducting educational sessions and/or implementing text messaging programs with urban youth
  • Proficiency in data analysis software (STATA, NVivo)
  • Proficiency in reference management software (Endnote)
  • Knowledge or interest in social, behavioral, and economic interventions
  • Proficiency in managing interactions across colleagues from university, government, and community organizations


This position is funded by limited-time grants and is available for a period not to exceed 6 months. It is expected to end on August 31, 2019 or at 6 months following the candidate’s start date, whichever comes first.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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